BA Timetable

Winter Term 2019/2020

MA Timetable

Winter Term 2019/2020

Dr Ken Ó Donnchú: Literary Remnants of Irish Franciscans in Prague

Thursday 31 October, Room 111, 17:30-19:10


Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre: an evening of Irish music

Kampus Hybernská, 22 October, 20:00


Dr Alan Rawes: Alfieri, Byron and the Politics of Tyranny

Wednesday 30 October, 14:10-15:45, Room 111


Workshop: Byron's Manfred - Necessity and Emancipation

Thursday 31 October, 15:50-17:20, Room 111


Dr Monika Kocot: Alan Spence and the Japanese Poetic Tradition

Monday 11 November, Room 111, 17:30-19:00


Dr Monika Kocot: Voices and Messages in Edwin Morgan’s Poetry

Wednesday 13 November, Room 111, 14:10-15:45


Prof. Murray Pittock: Edinburgh and Smart Cities of the Enlightenment

Wednesday 6 November, Room 111, 14:10-15:45


PhD Course on Rhetoric in Philosophy and Literature

Starts 23 October (Wed 15:50-17:25, Room 34)



Dr Monika Kocot: Alan Spence and the Japanese Poetic Tradition

Monday 11 November, Room 111, 17:30-19:00

DALC cordially invites you to the lecture " Alan Spence and the Japanese Poetic Tradition" by Dr Monika Kocot (University of Lodz). The lecture will be held on Monday 11 November in Room 111 (CUFA main building) at 17:30.

It could be argued that the intricate beauty of Alan Spence’s poems is strongly associated with his deep fascination with Japanese aesthetics and philosophy (of writing). During the seminar we will look at Spence's poetic pieces (haiku and tanka) through the prism of the theory of beauty in Japanese aesthetics, beauty understood as “hidden depths apprehended through artistic detachment” (Odin 2001:1). Steve Odin notes that the Japanese tradition of aestheticism has articulated “a variety of highly refined, elegant, and pervasive qualities of atmospheric beauty such as aware (sad beauty), yūgen (profound mystery), wabi (rustic poverty), sabi (loneliness), shibumi (elegant restraint), mu (negative space), iki (chic), and fūryū or fūga (windblown elegance)” (2001: 99), and he adds that critics often neglect “the aesthetic attitude of detached contemplation required for the intuition of beauty” (2001: 99). In my attempt to show how detached contemplation helps in (re)reading Spence’s poetry, I will also refer to Donald Keene’s observations, and I will emphasise how the four concepts he discusses, namely suggestion, irregularity, simplicity, and perishability (1969: 294-306), operate in Spence’s poetry.

Dr Monika Kocot is interested in contemporary Scottish poetry and prose, Native American writing, comparative studies and literary translation. She is the author of Playing Games of Sense in Edwin Morgan’s Writing (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2016) and co-editor of Języki (pop)kultury w literaturze, mediach i filmie (Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego, 2015) and Nie tylko Ishiguro. Szkice o literaturze anglojęzycznej w Polsce (Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego, 2019, in print). She is a member of the Association for Cultural Studies, The Association for Scottish Literary Studies, the French Society of Scottish Studies (SFEE), and Polskie Towarzystwo Językoznawstwa Kognitywnego (Polish Cognitive Linguistics Association). She is the President of The K.K. Baczynski Literary Society.